Shop Standards Verification Program Overview
The Shop Standards Verification Program was established by the Institute’s Board of Directors to address two recurring SMACNA member concerns:
First, the continuing expression that the engineering community’s commitment to quality bears little resemblance to existing inspection procedures or reliance on and enforcement of specifications. More often than not, according to SMACNA member observations, there is an increasing incidence of the fabrication and installation of inferior duct systems.
Secondly, the repeated concern about the pressing need to have SMACNA standards assume a higher profile and degree of confidence with the engineering/architectural community.
During a pilot project to evaluate the merits of the Shop Standards Verification Program, the Institute witnessed an interesting and somewhat surprising benefit. Several premier contractors’ shop standards did not conform to SMACNA’s HVAC Duct Construction Standards. The contractors’ initial alarm was set aside after written reports of required changes were provided. That exercise confirmed that shop managers or foreman may not fully understand the standard or that shop standards have not been updated to reflect recent technologies. Indeed, and as it developed, the program provided a valuable service to the contractor, an individual member service which SMACNA as a trade association may not provide.
The Program most closely resembles a continuing education process with a firm gaining insight into the intricacies and flexibility inherent in SMACNA standards as well as the proper interpretation of various provisions. From SMACNA’s standpoint, the Institute’s Shop Standards Verification Program is an excellent educational tool.
The Shop Standards Verification Program focuses on contractor interests. On a voluntary basis, a firm can seek to set itself apart, to raise the level of competition and offer the construction buyer a tool to make a more discriminating choice. Indeed, firms with the Institute’s Shop Standards Verification have successfully marketed their commitment to quality and in the process educated engineers and others on the value of SMACNA standards.
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